The Courier-Mail

State backs Ergon’s power price bid


ENVIRONMEN­T Minister Steven Miles (pictured) has defended the state’s biggest electricit­y network joining a battle that could drive up power prices, saying the company only wants to speak for “Queensland energy users”.

The Sunday Mail yesterday revealed Ergon Energy had launched a bid to participat­e in an interstate case before the Australian Competitio­n Tribunal that could result in Queensland­ers being slugged with higher electricit­y bills.

The actionti was launchedl by NSW electricit­y networks who are questionin­g the Australian Energy Regulator’s most recent five-year price determinat­ion.

Dr Miles yesterday defend- ed Ergon entering the fray. “It’s i important that our power companies have a chance to contribute to this process to have a s say on behalf of Queensland e energy users,” he said.

But Opposition energy s spokesman Andrew Powell yesterday accused the Palaszczuk Government of using Queensland’s network’s involvemen­t in the battle as a way of “secretly exploring ways to increase your electricit­y prices over the next five years”.

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